Sakawa boys bribe Northern chief to rename town Galaxy City

Some youth in the Northern Region, noted for engaging in cyber fraud known in Ghana as "sakawa", have allegedly bribed a prominent chief of the area to rename his town with a foreign name.

“They are proposing two names for the area, Galaxy City or Las Palmas,” Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna has said.

Although the Minister would not name the chief involved, he said the chief initially rejected the suggestions and drove the "sakawa" boys out of his palace.

However, the determined boys, who said the name of the town “was not palatable”, decided to work through the chief’s advisors (elders).

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna said the boys bribed the elders with ₵1,000. They in turn led the boys to the chief, who finally accepted a ₵4,000 bounty.

Apparently having the backing of the traditional leaders, these boys went to town misbehaving, splashing monies on the streets and daring anyone to come after them.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) says it will crack down on these cyber criminals and traditional authorities who are supporting them.

The REGSEC has also resolved to wage a relentless fight against the increasing spate of indiscipline among the youth, especially "sakawa" boys within the Tamale metropolis.

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna has also asked opinion leaders to refrain from interfering in the affairs of the police.

Source: Ghana || Isaac Essel | | twitter @isaacessel